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Wind Power

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 14th March 2013.

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Photo of Glyn Davies Glyn Davies Conservative, Montgomeryshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the amount of time (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind turbines were not operational in each of the last five years.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department for Energy and Climate Change does not collect data on the amount of time onshore or offshore wind turbines are operational, but a 2011 report by the Centre for Sustainable Energy found that wind farms generate electricity around 80% to 85% of the time. Wind power is converted to electricity efficiently, with none of the thermal waste inherent in fossil fuel plants(1). Wind power is a source of energy that does not produce carbon dioxide.

It should also be noted that generators are only paid for the electricity they actually generate.

(1) ‘Common concerns about windpower’ (2011), Centre for Sustainable Energy:

http://www.cse.org.uk/downloads/file/common_concerns_ about_wind_power.pdf

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